Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City lowest jobless rates look oh so pretty among big cities

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September 01, 2021 — Salt Lake City and Oklahoma City had the lowest jobless rates among all large, US metro areas in July, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Salt Lake City’s unemployment rate in July was 2.8%. Oklahoma City’s was 2.9%.

The highest jobless rates in July were in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, at 9.4% and 9.3%, respectively.

Las Vegas’ rate was the highest, however it had the second-largest year-over-year decline in July, dropping 10.2 percentage points.

The employment situation is looking up in Florida’s amusement park zone. The highest year-over-year decline in jobless rate among large areas was in Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, where the rate fell by 10.3 percentage points to 5.3%.

Unemployment rates were lower in July than a year earlier in 388 of the 389 metropolitan areas
and higher in 1 area, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. A total of 31 areas
had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and 7 areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent.
Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 142 metropolitan areas and was 
essentially unchanged in 247 areas. The national unemployment rate in July was 5.7 percent,
not seasonally adjusted, down from 10.5 percent a year earlier.

In July, Logan, UT-ID, and Lincoln, NE, had the lowest unemployment rates, 1.8 percent and 1.9
percent, respectively. Yuma, AZ, had the highest rate, 20.1 percent. A total of 251 areas had
July jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 5.7 percent, 132 areas had rates above it, and 6 
areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.)

The largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in July occurred in Kahului-Wailuku-
Lahaina, HI (-14.1 percentage points). Rates fell over the year by at least 10.0 percentage
points in an additional three areas. The only over-the-year unemployment rate increase was
in Pueblo, CO (+0.8 percentage point).

In July, Nashua, NH-MA,
had the lowest division unemployment rate, 3.6 percent, closely followed by Warren-Troy-
Farmington Hills, MI, 3.7 percent. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA, had the highest
rate among the divisions, 10.2 percent. (See table 2.)

In July, all 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases.
Philadelphia, PA, had the largest rate decline (-9.4 percentage points). The smallest rate
decrease occurred in Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD (-2.9 percentage points).

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